PGA TOUR U
PGA TOUR University: How it works
July 20, 2021
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- July 20, 2021
Introducing PGA TOUR University
PGA TOUR University Overview
PGA TOUR University is a program designed to strengthen and elevate the path to the PGA TOUR through the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR international tours. The program rewards elite collegiate play with varying levels of playing access to Tours operated under the PGA TOUR umbrella, while upholding the principles and virtues of collegiate athletics.
The PGA TOUR University Ranking is designed to identify the best college golfers based on winning, competitiveness and season-long performance. It is developed in partnership with the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), which ranks the top amateur golfers on the basis of their average performance in counting events. Ranked events include NCAA Division-I men’s golf tournaments and official PGA TOUR tournaments. For more information on PGA TOUR University point distribution at professional events, click here.
Eligibility: Players eligible for PGA TOUR University include NCAA Division-I golfers who complete a minimum of four years in college, or who complete three years and deliver intent and proof of early college graduation. Players may be eligible multiple seasons, but their eligibility ends after they finish a season in the top-15 of the final PGA TOUR University Ranking.
What’s at Stake: At the conclusion of the 2022 NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship, the top-15 players in the Class of 2022 will earn status on the Korn Ferry Tour or a PGA TOUR international tour.
• PGA TOUR U First Team – Players who finish 1st-5th will receive Korn Ferry Tour membership and will be exempt into all open, full-field events beginning the week following the conclusion of the NCAA Division-I Men’s National Championship through the end of the regular season. The First Team will also be exempt into the Final Stage of that year’s Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.
• PGA TOUR U Second Team – Players who finish 6th-15th will earn membership on a PGA TOUR international tour. They will be exempt into all open, full-field events beginning the week following the conclusion of the NCAA Division-I Men’s National Championship through the end of the current season. The Second Team will also be exempt into Second Stage of that year’s Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Ranking Period: The Class of 2022 Ranking Period begins Week 24/2020 and will conclude May 30, 2022, following the stroke-play portion of the NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship.
Minimum Divisor: The minimum divisor for the Class of 2022 will be 18, and it will be applied to players’ records in April 2022. This will allow players the opportunity to reach the minimum, while providing an accurate Ranking throughout the 2021-22 season.
• Players must play a minimum of five PGA TOUR University-ranked tournaments during the first year of the Class of 2022 Ranking Period (Week 24/2020 through Week 23/2021).
• Players must play in a 2022 NCAA D-I Regional Championship in order to finish the season in the PGA TOUR University Ranking.
• Players who qualify for and are selected to compete in the 2022 NCAA D-I National Championship must play; otherwise, they will be removed from the Ranking.
Medical Redshirt: This policy applies to players who are eligible for PGA TOUR University and had a medical redshirt approved during the first year of his Class’ Ranking Period. In such cases, the player’s Ranking Period will include the 52 weeks immediately preceding the start of his Class’ Ranking Period, and all tournaments played during the year of his medical redshirt season will not be part of his PGA TOUR University record.
The Ranking Period for Class of 2022 players coming off a medical redshirt is:
• Week 24/2019 through Week 23/2020, AND
• Week 24/2021 through May 30, 2022 (following the stroke-play portion of the NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship)
Remaining Amateur: Players named to the PGA TOUR University First and Second Team (top-15 players) may remain an amateur and still accept their playing benefits, but they would not earn prize money or points when they compete as an amateur.